Business Before Hours

Business Before Hours


The Bryan School sponsored the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Before Hours” at the Alumni House on March 26.  Great networking and everyone declared Dame’s Chicken and Waffles, the catering sponsor, a huge hit.

A Legacy in Marketing Education

Professor Lew Brown is synonymous with excellence in teaching.  Since 1986, he has made his mark in the classroom and guided students with impactful marketing advice that lasts a lifetime.  Long a pioneer in experience-based education, Lew led the way in establishing hands-on opportunities for his students.  In large part because of the success of these projects, the Bryan School now requires project-based experiences for students in all majors.

Lew Brown HeadshotIn honor of Lew’s upcoming retirement at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, we have established a fund to expand the project opportunities he pioneered. The Lew Brown Project Support Fund will encourage the continuation and growth of hands-on project experiences in the Bryan School curriculum by covering project costs incurred by students, faculty, and mentors.

Alumni who experienced Lew Brown in the classroom know how effective he is as an educator.  He is a two-time recipient of UNCG’s Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, a university-wide award that recognizes only two faculty members each year.  He also received the Bryan School’s Outstanding Faculty Award twice.

Students regularly recall the wisdom he imparted.  One graduate – now a successful restaurant owner – said he uses the five principles he learned from Lew each and every day.  Another student contacted him last year, ecstatic with news that the knowledge she gained from her hands-on project experience was the deciding factor in her selection for a job as a marketing consultant.   She wrote:

My supervisor said that he was so amazed how such a young individual could be so confident and well spoken.  I definitely credit [my] marketing projects when it comes to my new job opportunity. I not only learned how to market a product to a foreign country, or how to create and implement a business plan, I learned how to work with people…I learned how to learn.”

Most schools teach through theory and case studies.  Hands-on project experiences take learning to a new level and provide students with real-world grounding in the content they are studying  and also help them develop life skills that will set them apart from the competition and prepare them to make meaningful contributions from day one in their organizations.

Lew Brown is justifiably proud of the work he accomplished using hands-on projects as a primary tool in his marketing curriculum.  We invite you to salute his contributions with a gift to honor his legacy and expand his ideas across the Bryan School.

Threads’ 9th Annual Fashion Show

Threads’ 9th Annual Fashion Show


THREADS, the student organization for the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies, will present their 9th annual fashion show, “The Seven Deadly Sins,” April 5 at the Empire Room, 203 S. Elm St.

Tickets for the event are $15 for VIP seating, $12 general admission and $10 with a student ID. THREADS will be closing down February 1 Place for their cocktail hour complete with vendors, a live jazz band, and drinks. Tickets for the fashion show are available at the door or online at

Doors to the fashion show will open at 5 p.m. for cocktail hour with the show beginning at 6 p.m. The second half of the night will feature upper level design students and their capsule collections.

Some free parking will be available in the venue parking deck on Davie Street and February 1 Place. Valet parking will also be available for a fee.

Come see the students perspectives of one or more of the seven deadly sins— lust, wrath, pride, envy, sloth, gluttony, and greed.

THREADS will also be holding a movie screening of The Devil Wears Prada in Center City Park on April 4, First Friday. The screening will feature event information as well as a meet and greet with designers.

Visit for more information on the event as well as the THREADS organization.

UNCG fashion designers Goodwill’s Rock the Runway

UNCG fashion designers Goodwill’s Rock the Runway


Recently, UNCG fashion designers participated in the 2014 edition of Rock the Runway, an annual fund-raiser for Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, had a decidedly Spartan flair: Five of the seven designers tasked with making new fashions out of Goodwill donations had UNCG ties.

Current UNCG students John Lin, Rachel Wilson, Ayanna Harrison, Nhi Tran joined alumnae Carrie Coyle as designers for the event, which was held Friday, Feb. 21, in downtown Greensboro. Tran won the contest.

Read more at UNCGNow

Triad Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honorees, Class of 2014

Triad Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honorees, Class of 2014

Mac Bank addresses the group

On February 20th, Triad Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honorees, Class of 2014 was honored.

It was another great and successful event with lots of exciting honorees for this years class of 40 Under 40 honorees.

Please take a moment to view the slideshow The Business Journal has put together at their website.

Stand-up Economist – March 4th

Sally Crumpler Jobe ’64 Honors School with Gift to Renovate Conference Room

Sally Crumpler Jobe ’64 Honors School with Gift to Renovate Conference Room


Renovations are complete in Bryan Room 419, made possible through a generous gift from Sally Crumpler Jobe ‘64 and her husband, Warren.  Named in honor of Sally, the newly renovated Sally Crumpler Jobe Conference Room provides a professional and modern space for meetings, videoconferencing and collaborations among business leaders, students, staff and faculty.

Sally Jobe toast for conference room

Sally (left) and her husband, Warren, share a toast with Chancellor Brady and Dean Banks to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the Sally Crumpler Jobe Conference Room

To celebrate the gift, Chancellor Linda Brady and Dean Mac Banks hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the newly renovated space.  Dean Banks summarized the importance of the Jobe’s gift and the lasting impact it will have.

The Sally Crumpler Jobe Conference Room will be an important place for building relationships and sharing ideas – now in a space that is fitting for a school of our caliber.  Thank you, Sally and Warren, for recognizing that need and for your generosity.

Joining Sally and her husband at the ribbon cutting were members of their family, faculty, staff and members of the Class of 1964 50th Reunion Planning Committee.  Sally made the gift in celebration of the 50th anniversary of her graduation from UNCG and as an expression of appreciation for the excellent education and opportunities she experienced as a student.

Sally graduated from UNCG with a degree in Economics and Business Administration.  As a student she served in the Student Government Association and was elected as University Marshal. Both of Sally’s sisters are also graduates of UNCG:  Margaret Crumpler Ladd ‘53 and Clara Crumpler Bitter ‘65.

Bryan MBA program ranks No. 13 by Bloomberg Businessweek

Bryan MBA program ranks No. 13 by Bloomberg Businessweek

Bryan ranks 13th MBA program in nation

The UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics’ evening MBA program has vaulted to No. 13 in the nation in newly released rankings of the best part-time MBA programs by Bloomberg Businessweek.

I could not be more pleased with this fantastic improvement in our ranking. Our faculty and staff have worked hard to improve our program and make it relevant to both students and employers.  Our focus on producing exceptional problem solvers who understand innovation, globalization, sustainability and ethics is resonating with students and employers.

said Bryan School Dean McRae C. Banks.

To have the fourth best MBA among public universities — eclipsed only by Berkeley, UCLA and Michigan — is a tremendous accomplishment that reinforces the high quality of what we are doing at UNCG.

Read more at UNCGNow

Leading mobile app Banjo firm founded by UNCG graduate

Leading mobile app Banjo firm founded by UNCG graduate


UNCG graduate Damien Patton, a 1999 finance graduate of the Bryan School of Business and Economics, is the founder and CEO of Banjo, the social discovery app that has become one of the leaders in the industry. Earning magna cum laude honors in and was named to Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary society and received a Dean’s Medal at graduation, he has created an app to track events and news as they begin trending on social media platforms.

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IT vacancies difficult to fill without education

IT job positions are becoming harder and harder to fill in the Triad without the proper training and education.  Learn how an upcoming UNCG Bryan School of Business & Economics student will graduate feeling comfortable about his career.

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